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Ventura County free holiday and Christmas assistance.

Charities offer holiday assistance, with a focus on Christmas programs, to low income Ventura County families. Find where children can get a free Christmas toy or gift card and where struggling parents may be able to obtain a free holiday meal, Thanksgiving turkey or box of food. Programs including Toys for Tots, The Assistance League holiday support, Angel Tree and Ventura County Adopt a Family help low income families. Donations of everything from boxes of food to games, shoes, gifts and other toys are used to help residents celebrate the holidays.

There are residents of all towns in Ventura County, including Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Moorpark, Fillmore, and Ojai among others that receive help at Christmas. There are children that are the recipients of new or gently used toys and Christmas gifts during the holiday season. Seniors as well as the homebound may have a hot meal delivered to them thanks to volunteers from across the region. Together the charities and non-profits all ban together to offer holiday joy to struggling families.

Rescue Mission of Ventura
Address is 234 E 6th St
Oxnard, California 93030
Phone number is (805) 487-1234
A holiday toy drives takes place. Children from disadvantaged family may be given a small gift or items in a Christmas stocking. Thanksgiving and Christmas meals may be available for immigrants, families in poverty or that are facing a hardship, and the homeless.

Charitable and church based holiday programs in Ventura
l (805) 485-6288
Whether help is needed at Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter, referrals re given from that number. Learn about Adopt a Family programs, meal sites, or toy giveaway programs. Income qualified applications may be give gift cards to retailers such as Wal-Mart or Target, books, toys, gently used clothes, and more at Christmas. This depends on donations and the work of volunteers in Ventura County meeting the Wish List.




Ventura County Sheriff
Many of the locations collect unwrapped presents from the community as part of the Share-iffs Toy Drive program. The local stations then provide gifts, such as games, books, dolls, and the like to infants and children. The Sheriff's want children to have a present to open Christmas morning. Dial l (805) 485-6288 for more information.

Santa Paula Family Resource Center
Address is 123 N 10th St
Santa Paula, California 93060
Dial (805) 525-6616
Working with schools, charities, and businesses, there may be information on local holiday programs. They only support this part of the county.

Oxnard Family Resource Center
This agency may help people and students in the immediate Oxnard area. Clients can get information on Christmas resources and other case management.

Salvation Army Centers
Basic needs, such as food, can be combined with holiday meal baskets. Angel Tree and Adopt a family can also give presents to the less fortunate. There are sites in Oxnard at 622 W Wooley Rd ((805) 483-9235), Ventura at 4100 Telegraph Rd ((805) 658-7671) and other communities. Applications are needed and need to be approved. Find Salvation Army Christmas assistance Ventura County.





Free Toys for Tots program of Ventura County
This is a donation services that also helps children under the age of 14. There will be free Christmas toys, games, books, clothes, electronics, Legos, Matchbox cars, and more. The goal of the USMC Toys for Tots program in Ventura is to ensure each child, whether immigrants, Spanish speakers, or natives, have a present to open Christmas morning. Application sites are below.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura - The non-profit is at 6020 Nicolle St Suite D, Ventura, California, 93003. Telephone - 805-649-9000
  • Mount Zion Church - 1701 Fiske Place, Oxnard, California, 93033, 805-793-9548
  • Project Understanding - 805-403-1953
  • South Coast Fellowship: CityKidz - 4050 Market St., Ventura, California, 93003. Main number for information and registration is 805-320-8150
  • Evangelistic Missionary Baptist Church - The charity collects and passes out toys from 125 E Pearl Street, Port Hueneme, California, 93041. Main number is 805-248-5266.
  • LA HERMANDAD HANK LACAYO YOUTH & FAMILY CENTER - Address is 520 W. 5TH STREET STE D, OXNARD, California, 93030. To register, call 805-216-4525
  • The Church of God, 1671 Beacon Place, Oxnard, California, 93033. Dial 805-205-4522
  • ASPIRE After School Program - Barbara Webster School. The toys are passed out from 1150 Saticoy St, Santa Paula, California, 93060. To apply for the USMC toys for tots program, call 805-358-8826.
  • Oxnard Christmas Shoppe - 210 Cathedral Cove, Camarillo, California, 93012. Main number is 310-729-6182
  • Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation - Address: 702 County Square Drive, Ventura, California, 93003, telephone - 805-659-3791
  • New Season Church Ventura and the CityKidz Program is at 2734 Johnson Drive, Ventura, California, 93004. Dial 805-659-0448.
  • Pacific Camps and Family Resources - 360 Mobil ave Suite 106 "F", Camarillo, California, 93010. Main number is 805-432-6130
  • Puente De Vida is another Toys for Tots donation and application site. The address is 203 S 8th St, Santa Paula CA 93060. Telephone number - 805-427-4750
  • Wagon Wheel is a charity at 510 Winchester Drive, Oxnard, California, 93036. For applications, dial 805-218-6180
  • Praise Chapel Santa Paula is at 13831 Eustace St, Pacoima, California, 91331. Call 626-664-3977
  • Rise Church - 2572 Barry St.  Camarillo, California 93010. For hours, call 805-204-7075
  • Future Leaders if America - 2021 Sperry Avenue, Ventura, California, 93033, 805-701-2927
  • There are other locations to try too. Apply here.





Care and Share
A multifaceted social service agency in Ventura County.
The charity may offer meals, free gifts, and help at Thanksgiving and Christmas. There may be free Thanksgiving Turkey dinners, stocking stuffers for children, free Christmas gift cards and other support. More on Care and Share in Ventura County.

ACTION/Community Christmas Shoppe
4001 Mission Oaks Blvd.
Suite S, Camarillo, CA 93012
For information, dial 805-987-0300
They allow low income and/or struggling parents to “shop” for the Christmas presents their children may want. It is a free shop. Get clothes, games, books, electronics, shoes, toy dolls or trucks, video games, and may other Christmas gifts.

Oxnard School District - Kamala School
634 W. Kamala St.
Oxnard, California, 93033
Only students in the school can get help. This includes immigrants, Spanish speakers, migrant farm workers, and other children. Free Christmas presents, clothes, food and more from Toys for Tots and other services.

Greater Faith Christian Church
Church address is 1500 Mariner Dr.
Oxnard, California, 93033
Main number is (805) 816-7378

Iglesia Evangelica Hispana El Verbo Inc.
Location is 632 Paseo Esmeralda
Newbury Park, California, 91320
Phone: 805-300-5691
A major focus is on the Latino and Hispanic community as well as migrant workers. Get free holiday, culturally sensitive meals, including for Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Grocery baskets and ingredients are offered. Small free Christmas gifts, toys and more. All applications are in Spanish too.

Church of the Nazarene
Location is 2280 Antonio Ave
Camarillo, California 93010
Phone: (805) 482-6335
A free food pantry, soup kitchen, and Christmas gift program are offered. Seniors in Ventura County may get a home delivered Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, kids can get stocking stuffers, and other free holiday help may be arranged.

Catholic Charities
Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas help, social services and other aid is offered. There are several churches in Ventura County that participate. Each has their own form of help to the less fortunate. Ranging from free food to birthday or Christmas gifts, shelter or more. Continue with assistance from Ventura County Catholic Charities.

Assistance League
Address of thrift store - 913 East Santa Clara Street
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 643-2458
The Bargain Box Thrift Shop will sell low cost clothing, books, games, toys, furniture, and more. Parents can shop there to buy Christmas presents for their child and save money.







Lending A Helping Hand Ventura County
1301 Hull Place #4
Oxnard, California, 93030
For hours, call 05-758-7723
Free holiday assistance includes meals, toys, food baskets and other goods.

St. Jude Catholic Church
Address is 32032 Lindero Canyon Rd
Westlake Village, California, 91361
For hours, call 818-624-9615
They offer an Adopt a Family program in Ventura County. Toys, food baskets, Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, Christmas tree, and may other free goods.


By Jon McNamara

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